National Newswatch

‘Unprecedented:’ Clerk of Alberta legislative assembly fired

May 25 2019 — Emma Graney — Newly appointed Speaker Nathan Cooper has fired the clerk of the legislature. Merwan Saher, who was appointed by Cooper’s NDP predecessor days before the election, was let go on Friday. Saher was replaced by Shannon Dean, who has worked in various non-partisan roles at the Alberta legislature for more than 20 years. She was acting […]

‘This law is unconstitutional’: B.C. to take Alberta to court after Kenney proclaims ‘turn off the taps’ legislation

May 1 2019 — Emma Graney — British Columbia is launching a constitutional challenge against Alberta after Premier Jason Kenney proclaimed legislation to restrict oil supplies to the western province. Kenney promised repeatedly during the election that, should the UCP win, his cabinet would proclaim Bill 12 “within one hour” of being sworn in. Neither Kenney nor his Energy Minister Sonya Savage […]

Trudeau’s expulsion of two former cabinet ministers is virtually unprecedented, records show

Apr 8 2019 — — Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott’s expulsion from caucus may be virtually without precedent in Canadian political history, suggests a review of Library of Parliament records. No other MPs have resigned as cabinet ministers only to be subsequently ejected from their party’s caucus for taking a position on principle opposing their leader, according to parliamentary records […]

‘There are more scandals coming’: Former UCP MLA urges Kenney to clear the air

Jan 18 2019 — Emma Graney — Former United Conservative MLA Prab Gill has warned his ex-caucus colleagues of more UCP nomination scandals that could deflate the party’s chances in the upcoming election. In an email obtained by Postmedia, Gill pleaded with MLAs Wednesday afternoon to “pressure (leader) Jason Kenney into clearing the air” about the host of allegations over internal UCP […]

Calgary NDP members say voters gave false addresses in nomination race, threaten to quit party

Jan 18 2019 — Emma Graney — Disillusioned New Democrats in Calgary are threatening to quit the party if it doesn’t investigate what they say are problems that happened in a nomination race. Inderpreet Gill says he’s disappointed in the lack of concern NDP brass is showing over what he says were multiple instances of people providing false addresses during the Calgary-North […]

UCP board member and former MLA quits party citing ‘dictatorship’-like control

Jan 14 2019 — Emma Graney — Former Conservative MLA and UCP board member Ian Donovan has resigned, citing backroom deals, the party’s “dictatorship”-like control by leader Jason Kenney and party brass, and questions swirling around multiple nominations. A supporter of the United Conservative movement since its inception, Donovan wrote in an email to his colleagues on the Cardston-Siksika UCP board he […]

Kenney’s oil war room plan “juvenile”: Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel

Jan 2 2019 — Emma Graney — Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel has unveiled a tidbit of his party’s 2019 election platform specific to Alberta’s oil sector. Mandel wants to establish a division within the economic development and trade ministry to change the conversation around — and social acceptance of — Alberta’s energy industry “through a proactive, positive, and productive method that […]

Crusading MLA Robyn Luff presents no-win scenario for Notley

Nov 10 2018 — Keith Gerein — A week ago, few people knew her name. Today, Robyn Luff is the talk of Alberta politics, particularly in NDP circles. To Premier Rachel Notley, she’s become something else: an unexpected problem. For those who haven’t been following along, the Calgary backbench MLA who had been nearly invisible in her 3½ years in office stepped […]